Grant Funders


Sources of Grant Funding

Explore the four sources of grant funding: Clubs & Organizations, Corporations, Foundations & Government.


Clubs & Organizations

Professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, cultural and religious organizations, and other groups of all types offer support to nonprofit organizations.   The first step in accessing these resources is knowing your community well. 


Corporate Funding

A number of corporations and local businesses donate some of their profits or resources to nonprofit organizations. The business may give grants directly, or through a separate, company-sponsored foundation.

Unlike foundations, corporations do not exist to give money away.  Their giving is often related to their business interests, to programs that benefit their employees or their families, or benefit the communities where the business is located. 


How small companies can really help charities

What is a small business looking for when it partners with a nonprofit?  The Wall Street Journal has some ideas that cause marketing guru, Joe Waters takes exception to.  Take a look at his blog post Hey WSJ – Here’s a Better Way for Small Companies to Give to Charity and pick up some tips on what your nonprofit can offer a business partner.

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Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition
The leading annual analysis of corporate giving and employee engagement patterns

The annual Giving in Numbers report is produced by CECP, in association with The Conference Board and is based on data drawn from the Giving in Numbers Survey, a peer benchmarking tool for corporate giving professionals. This year’s report is based on data from 261 companies, including 62 of the largest 100 companies in the Fortune 500.Login to download the full report. 

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Employer Matching Grants

Matching grants are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions.  Thousands of corporations have matching gift programs that benefit educational institutions and nonprofits.  Click here to discover how you can tap into this source of funding



A foundation is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose it to give money (grants) to organizations for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes.  It’s important to note that you can’t assume that an organization with the word foundation in its name is a grantmaker.  Foundation is not a legal term, and is used by a variety of organizations. There are two major categories of foundations: private and public.


Breaking Up is Hard to Do
When grants come to an end

In his article Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Author Bruce DeBoskey provides a clear understanding of why donors cease funding various organizations. Nonprofits must be prepared for the inevitable transitions that impact their funding. 


Key Facts on US Foundation 2014 Edition
Report and infographics from the Foundation Center

According to Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the Foundation Center’s  annual research study, in 2012 the U.S. was home to 86,192 foundations with $715 billion in assets and $52 million in giving. Overall giving by the nation’s private and community foundations reached $54.7 billion in 2013, surpassing previous record levels even after adjusting for inflation. Overall foundation giving will continue to grow a few points ahead of inflation in 2014..

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Sample Proposal of a Single-Year Grant

This sample shows the type of information that may be requested when applying for a foundation grant. Courtesy of Grantspace.


Government Funding

Government funding can come from city, county, state and federal agencies. is your source to find and apply for federal grants.  Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

The state of California’s website offers information on available state grants.


Reforms for Federal Policies Relating to Grants

Henry Flood, The Grantsmanship Center’s Senior Advisor for Grant Administration has written two articles on this historic initiative “Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements.”  Henry is a leading expert on federal grants policy and has published more than 50 articles on grants and grant administration.